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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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5 THe eight and twentieth day
of the last October, Seeing there was no way
but to yeeld the Towne, They without delay
aduis'd by Counsell sober, Yeelded to obey
the King who weares that crown And therewithall they straight Opened the gate,
and put the Town, their Hues and goods Into his Highnesse hands, To doe as he commands,
who did not seek to spil their bloods.1 Beyond our expectation He had commiseration,
on those miserable soules, And mildly he dispenses With their bold offences,
and their cases much condoles.
6   When they had open set
the Gates vpon aduenture And that the French did get
possession of the same, They freely without let
into the streets did enter, The Townesmen yeelded it,
and did all right disclaime, Protesting that they would Be euer as they should
obsequious to his Maiesty, And like subiects true,
1 No period in the text. 296
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